Book of James: Chapter 1:1-8
“James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways”
- What is significant about the earthly writer of this book?
- How does this help us in the overall understanding of the Holy Spirit’s teaching here?
- What is the general background and setting for this letter?
- Based on what we understand about the writer and setting of the writing, what is a universal message of the text?
- What does the term “bondservant” mean? Give at least one synonym/antonym to assist us in overall usage of term.
- Using verses 2-8, list at least three (3) key terms which help us to understand the need in writing this letter to the Church.